During the last flu season, only 39.5 percent of MI residents were vaccinated against flu, which is below the national rate of 41.7 percent.
Last week, there were 2,117 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports - a 72 percent increase over the week prior. That's an increase from the previous week, when two states, Colorado and Georgia, experienced high flu activity.
In hospitals across the North there were 10 detections of Flu A (H1N1) - formerly the dreaded swine flu but now a regular season flu feature - and seven of Flu A (untyped).
Last year's flu season also really didn't peak until January-February, and even extended into March, so it's not too late to get the shot.
The state Department of Health says as of Thursday new cases of flu have been reported in 58 counties, including the five boroughs of New York City.
In addition to residents 6 months and older, county health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for people with a heightened risk of serious flu complications, like pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes. During this period, there have been 1,305 influenza-related hospitalizations reported, and one influenza-associated pediatric death. Over the last three seasons, there have been 19 influenza-associated pediatric deaths in NY and an average of 15,101 influenza-related hospitalizations.
The state previously reported widespread activity for the week that ended December 15.
Hand-washing, staying away from sick people and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth can help prevent the flu.